Terry Murray’s postgame thoughts…
(on the win…)
MURRAY: “It was a good game. It was fun to play in; I’m sure it was. It was fun to coach, because both teams are skating, competing. Buffalo is a good hockey club. You know, they’ve got a bunch of guys that have been there for 10 years now, playing together, and they got one of the premier goalies in the game, so when we start the game, we score the first goal, it’s a good thing obviously. But then we have to battle back and battle through the adversity of a goal that is called back.
“You’ve got to stick with it. You’ve got to just go out and play well the next shifts and put that stuff away. And we did, and it’s a nice step for us, after going through a little bit of a difficult time here. I think heading out on the road now, we can draw on this experience here today, that we can dig in and play well, and deal with the adversities that are in the game.”
(on playing Detroit next…)
MURRAY: “That will be a fun game. It’s a big challenge. It’s great. I think this is wonderful, for this young group of guys, to go into a situation like this and deal with it, get on the ice and deal with it, not just talk about it. We’re looking forward to it.”
(on facing Miller…)
MURRAY: “I thought we generated as many scoring chances here today as we had maybe in any game this homestand. Quality chances. Miller, he stood very tall. He’s very good. But you do have to keep going. You do have to keep putting pucks to the net. As an example, the Ryan Smyth goal. That’s a hard play for any goaltender. You’re driving to the weak-side post, you’re getting pucks laterally, across the top of the crease, and you’ve got to trust your defending players now, as a goaltender. Smyth, being a veteran guy, just got body position at that time. I think it took a couple bounces to end up on his stick, but those are the kinds of plays you have to try to generate against premier goaltenders.
“Then, on the other side of it, O’Donnell’s goal, it’s what we talked about this morning, about traffic, and you have to play goaltender. You have to get in his face and not let him see the puck. My angle, I had a great angle from the bench, he had no vision on that play at all.”
(on Quick beating Ryan Miller…)
MURRAY: “I think that probably played itself out, before the game, this morning, through the warmup. But once the puck hits the ice, and you get into a pretty competitive game like that, it’s more us vs. them than Quick vs. Miller. Miller is a premier guy. He’s going to be the Olympic goaltender for the U.S. team, and he has earned the right, during his years in Buffalo, to be that guy. It was, I’m sure, a fun game for Quick, and it’s a nice win for him on his birthday.”